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The Fowler.

COXE (Nicholas).

COXE (Nicholas).

The Fowler. Containing Rules for Taking Every Species of Land and Water Fowl; Whether by Fowling Piece, Net, Engine, or otherwise. Such as, Woodcocks, Felfares, Pigeons, Magpies, Morepoots, Snipes, Gleads, Crows, Rooks, Herns, Partridges, Pheasants, Rails and Quails. An Account of their Seasons, Descriptions of their Haunts, and Methods for making Limes, Limed Twigs, Springes, Baits, &c. for taking them. Likewise, Instructions for the Choice and Training of the Dogs for Fowling; Remedies for their Diseases, &c. &c. Also, A Concise Essay on Song Birds, viz. The Nightingale; Canary Birds; Black Bird, Wood Lark, Linnet, Chaffinch, Robin, Starling, Tit Lark, Bull Finch, Thrush, Sky Lark, Redstart, Wren, Green Finch, Gold Finch, Hedge Sparrow. Clearly Describing Their Seasons, and Nests, with the best Modes for Taking and Preserving them in Health and good Song.

8vo. [233 x 145 x 9 mm]. [2]ff, 76, [3] pp. Bound in late 19th century quarter black roan, purple cloth sides, uncut edges. (Joints worn).
London: for J. Smeeton, [1795?].

The paper is watermarked 1794. With two leaves of advertisements at the ends. The title is quite heavily dust-soiled and there are a few short marginal tears, but it a good copy with uncut edges. The work was originally published in 1674 as a part of Nicholas Coxe's The Gentleman's Recreation, in four parts (viz.) Hunting, Hawking, Fowling, Fishing. It was first issued separately by J. Dixwell in c.1780 (ESTC records three copies, at the British Library, Birmingham and Leeds Central Library) and this is the second separate edition (with four copies on ESTC, at the British Library, Cambridge, Birmingham University and New York Public Library).

Signature and bookplate of Oliver Collett.

Stock no. ebc2668

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